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No Division 4 for NCAA, yet

Mike Slive AP

With the future stability of the NCAA a hot topic in collegiate athletics, most notably in football, one member of the NCAA’s board of directors is not seeing any potential split by the power conferences that drive the sport. Not yet, at least. Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest and chairman of the NCAA’s board of directors, says the goal is still to have one top division in collegiate athletics.

“From what I’ve heard in the association, I think people would like to have one Division I, but in some ways, a structure that will make certain differentiations between small conferences and big conferences,” said Hatch, according to a report from USA Today. “I think people like having one division.”

Ideally, yes, that is the ultimate goal moving forward. Some powerful people in college football have begun to draw a line with the NCAA, challenging it to make some serious changes before the conferences join together to take it upon themselves. SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Pac 12 commissioner Larry Scott and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby all figure to be smart enough to a new strategy if it does end up getting to that point. American commissioner Mike Aresco has said before if a split from the NCAA does come in to play that his conference would expect to be a part of the mix. The idea of Division 4 was a major talking point in each conference during the summer’s media days for football and has continued to crop up in recent weeks as basketball season is getting set for the upcoming season.

One of the major concerns the conferences have is in the NCAA’s inability to enforce their rules, with a lack of consistency from case to case around the country. The NCAA is aware how important it is to address enforcement changes.

“There will have to be some give and take as we go down the road, but the fact that all 351 (Division I) athletics directors are speaking out of the same hymnal, it’s the first time in my 20 years,” said Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke. “I think we recognize there are unique demands, pressures and resources (on the big schools), so there has to be some autonomy on some select issues, but there’s an awful lot of commonality.”

The idea of a Division 4, which would hypothetically include the top conferences in college football such as the SEC, Big Ten and Pac 12 splitting from the existing NCAA model to form their own governing body and allow for a new vision and experience. While the frustrations from conference to conference tend to stem on how the NCAA is managed and how rules are enforced, money is also a big topic around college football.

When money talks, conferences could walk.

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5 Responses to “No Division 4 for NCAA, yet”
  1. dhalb34 says: Oct 30, 2013 6:57 PM

    It’s going to happen eventually. There is no way with the new playoff format coming that it won’t happen. Strength of schedule is going to have a play in who gets picked and who doesn’t. And I don’t know why the American Athletic thinks that it will be in that new division. That conference is crap.

  2. ancientcougar says: Oct 30, 2013 7:52 PM

    Crap is a harsh word to describe young athletes that go out every week and give everything they got. Tell Boise State their program is crap or Houston who just annihilated Rutgers, who is Big 10 bound or Central Florida, who just beat Louisville, who is ACC bound. These are programs that are just under the radar that match up well with many of the programs that are “In the Bigs” I believe that teams should have to maintain a certain good “Record” or get bounced from the conference and others that are on the outside should be let in.

  3. bbeaman78 says: Oct 30, 2013 9:06 PM

    The fantasyland the NCAA lives in is amazing. The big 5 conferences should be Division 1 and should be competing for the national championship. Allow a max of 16 teams for the five conferences, this makes schools like BYU and Notre dame join a conference. Playoffs would consist of 6 teams with 5 conference champions and 1 wild card team. 1 and 2 get a bye. Increase scholarships to 100 for this division. Why is this so hard for the NCAA, school presidents, and athletic directors to understand?

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:17 AM

    No one is describing the athletes as crap, but the conference is a joke. Most people probably don’t know about the conference much less who was is in it. The big east was very weak bbefore they lost their name and the best schools are leaving. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  5. ancientcougar says: Oct 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    Sportsguy,
    $$$$$$$ is the reason the teams left and the consolidation has occurred. Did you ever take Algebra? If you call an entire conference crap, then anything associated with the conference is crap too, including the players.

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